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Stranger And Brother: A Portrait Of C.P. Snow Hardcover – 7 Oct 1982
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Snow lead such a full life that it probably needs a full and possibly lengthy biography to unearth just what made him tick. This book falls well short of that and being written by his younger brother ,one suspects a few warts have been missed . However it is a well written life of Snow and as far as I know , its the only reasonably complete portrait we have. In summary an interesting account of the life of someone who rose from lowly origins to having a lot of power and influence in the era of the post war period up to the Wilson governments, Moreover a man who in my opinion understood many of the ways in which government has failed in this country but who just fell short of achieving the necessary level to do anything about it..
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Greed, fear, love, happiness, satisfaction from a life well-lived, and the whole gamut of human emotion shift and hide, reveal themselves and retreat from view in "Strangers and Brothers" as in all of Snow's work. I for one, will re-read Snow if only to enjoy terrible pauses and breathtaking gasps. And the satisfaction of knowing that the "hero" will remain calm amid all the madness of human existence.